Butterbeer Floats

At the beginning of the school year, the whole first grade made a goal for each student to read 3,000 pages by the time school was over.  Liam thought that was a lot, and so did I, but we both set the goal together.

He was then challenged by some family friends to see if he could read 5,000 pages and they would pay him a whopping $40 if he did it.  He was completely committed when he knew he could get some spending money!

We worked hard almost every day for months to get any reading in.  It was so fun to see how much he was improving the more we read.  Finally, 3 days before school let out, he reached his 5,000 goal on the dot!  He couldn't have been more thrilled and neither could my husband and I.  It was fabulous to see how much confidence he had in himself of actually making such a large goal and then achieving it.  He got his $40 from our family friends, a special mother/son date night out and then his most prized possession...an engraved trophy from his favorite uncle Logan.
This summer, I knew I wanted to continue the reading buzz so we made a deal with Liam that if he read the first Harry Potter book (with our help, of course) we would celebrate with a mini family HP party.  Every night, he was excited to read a new chapter and reach yet another goal.  Last week we finished and got to party it up Hogwarts style.  The boys made some wands, I drew glasses on everyone, (including Slone) and of course had fun party food complete with Butterbeer Floats.  Not your typical HP beverage, but I just felt like turning it into a float.  And I'm so glad I did!  Yum, so yum!  Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!


Homemade Sno Cone Syrup

If you've know me, you know that I cannot resist any sort of sno cone.  Especially during the summer time!  Last year, with our move, I was only able to stop once in our old town and couldn't really find a stand here anywhere that wasn't a Tropical Sno.  So, I guess I can resist those stand because they are so dang expensive!   

This year I was determined to stop in at our new local one in front of the grocery store I primarily shop at.  I happened to be without my kids when I had that sweet craving.  I ended up paying $3.00 for the tiniest cup!!!  It was good, but highway robbery I tell ya!
Homemade Sno Cone Syrup | My Name Is Snickerdoodle


Strawberry Nectarine Crisp

We are nearing the end of nectarine/peach season.  And strawberries have stepped aside to make room for all the delicious July cherries.  This crisp is the perfect last hurrah to two of my favorite fruits.
Strawberry Nectarine Crisp | My Name Is Snickerdoodle


Pina Colada Pound Cake

I don't drink alcohol, but that doesn't mean that I don't love a good mixed drink!  Pina Coladas are one of the best in my opinion.  In high school my friends and I would head to Chili's restaurant, pull together any money we had and order virgin Pina Coladas and mozzarella sticks.  We are talking the posh life here, people!  Haha!

This pound cake reflects the refreshing drink with just as much tropical flair!   The combination of pineapple, coconut and lime just brings back some great memories and is just as good in cake form.  It's super moist and perfect for refreshing summer treat!  

Pina Colada Pound Cake | My Name Is Snickerdoodle


Terrific Twos

I was going through pictures, trying to edit some upcoming food pics and I came across Slone's birthday pictures.

Oh, boy do I love this little one...who isn't so little anymore!
 We were super low key this year.  The older two wanted to help with his cake and I took a deep breath and let them.  Slone couldn't have been more thrilled with the millions of sprinkles! 
He definitely uplifts our family with his sweet little spirit.  He's always willing to help and thinks he's just as big as his brothers.  And he's got a twinkly smile that will just melt your heart!  I'm completely grateful that he came to our family and keeps surprising us every day.  He came to us as a BIG surprise so at least he's consistent!  We couldn't love our little Sloney Balony, Sloney Slone Slonester, Sloners, Little Bear more!  


Chicken Artichoke Bacon Pizza with a Creamy Garlic Sauce

I mentioned last week that I've become obsessed with homemade pizza.  We just can't get enough of it around here!  When I found the perfect pizza dough recipe I knew the combinations were endless.  However, we have 3 little kids who are not all that adventurous so I typically stick with just cheese and pepperoni.

When I was in Utah a few months ago, I had a scrumptious pizza from that 'take and bake' joint that I just couldn't eat fast enough.  I knew I could create it at home and like always, really enjoyed the homemade version a whole lot better!

Um...I'm sure this is what pizza heaven tastes like.  (Wouldn't pizza heaven be great?)  The combo of chicken and bacon in itself is a genius pair, but then add in salty artichokes, fresh spinach and don't even get me started with the creamy garlic sauce!  Oh boy!!!  The perfect white pizza in my opinion.
Chicken Bacon Artichoke Pizza with a Creamy Garlic Sauce | My Name Is Snickerdoodle


Iced Strawberry Lemonade

 I cannot resist a great frozen, slushy drink!  I made this Iced Strawberry Lemonade a few years back and it's been a summer time tradition ever since.
Iced Strawberry Lemonade | My Name Is Snickerdoodle


Movie Theater Popcorn You Can Make At Home

I don't think I've ever met a person who doesn't like/love movie popcorn.  I hate paying the price for it, though, don't you?  It sure is hard to resist when you walk through those theater doors. 

For the past year I've been making homemade popcorn at home.  Like, in a large pot, a little oil, kernels and some salt.  My boys love it!  It's a cheap and tasty snack that we enjoy often.  But sometimes you need that buttery, salty goodness you can get at the movie house.

I found the perfect solution to make movie theater popcorn at home for pennies!!!  I know some people will disagree with me once they try this, but it tastes EXACTLY like it.  You could even be a little naughty and add some melted butter over the top, but you truly don't need it because it's that great!   
Make Movie Popcorn At Home | My Name Is Snickerdoodle